Larissa A. Gest, MBA, JD

Congratulations to our 2021 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars!

The Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars is an honor reserved for those lawyers who exhibit excellence in practice.  Only 5% of attorneys in Illinois receive this distinction.  Attorneys are selected through a patented selection process involving nominations, research, and peer reviews.

DUGGAN BERTSCH, LLC is proud to announce the following attorneys who have been selected as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars for 2021 in the following categories:

2021 Illinois Super Lawyers

Timothy Liam Epstein

  • Entertainment & Sports

Michael A. Passananti

  • Estate & Probate

Steven H. Shapiro

  • Mergers & Acq.


2021 Illinois Rising Stars

Clint A. Costa

  • Estate & Probate

Larissa A. Gest

  • Estate & Probate

Greta R. Staat

  • Estate & Probate

Kara A. Wenzl

  • Estate & Probate

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Larissa A. Gest is an associate attorney focusing her practice primarily in the areas of business and corporate law, estate and wealth transfer planning, asset protection, and trust and estate administration. Larissa counsels businesses and business owners on a wide variety of matters including structure and formation of new business entities, commercial contracts, shareholder agreements, buy-sell agreements, employment agreements, stock/asset sales, and other general corporate matters.  Larissa’s trusts and estates experience includes preparation of comprehensive estate plan documents, estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer tax planning, probate administration and guardianships, and negotiation of pre- and post-nuptial agreements.

Larissa earned both a Juris Doctorate and Master of Business Administration with honors from Loyola University Chicago.

Prior to joining Duggan Bertsch, LLC, Larissa worked at another Chicago firm where she gained considerable experience in the areas of business and corporate law, and estate and wealth planning.

Member, Illinois State Bar Association
Member, Chicago Bar Association
Member, Chicago Estate Planning Counsel

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